Vintage Yerba mate pumpkin cup mounted in Alpaca Nickel silver
Great collectible gift idea
Condition: see photos
From South American possible Peru or Argentina
Used for local drink MATE -
Maté is a word of 'quichua' origin (mati) that identifies a vase used to drink.
In Peru and Rio de la Plata maté is the name of calabash tree fruit ( 'Lagenaria vulgaris') used to contain an infusion of herbs original of Paraguay (Olex Paraguariensis).
The use of this container spread through South America in a way that also the infusion assumed the name of maté (Yerba Mate).
Yerba Mate (pronounced "yerba mahtay") is a medicinal and cultural drink of ancient origins.
Introduced to the world by the Guarani Indians of South America, Mate contains ingredients that help keep its drinkers healthy and energetic.
Mate became the most common ingredient in household cures of the Guarani, and now, more than a drink, Yerba Mate has become a cultural phenomenon throughout South America.
In current practice in modern Argentina and Paraguay, Mate tea is made from the leaves steeped in hot water.
Actually, a large quantity of ground leaf is first soaked in cold water, and then the hot water is added, over and over again, until all the good stuff has been extracted.